Last-minute U.S. election-related question. I read an article—almost certainly linked from MetaFilter, like most of what I read—that talked about a Republican think tank person who came up with one idea for which he's famous and then died in a private-plane accident. The idea was that you can move the frame of what's considered acceptable in a society by assiduously introducing ideas just outside of the frame of taboo in the direction you want, making those ideas commonplace, and then repeating. Can someone point me to that article? Thanks!
Few people doubt that Donald Trump will win a clear plurality of votes and pledged delegates. But many people are suggesting the possibility that, assuming Trump doesn't have a majority of pledged delegates on the first ballot, he could lose on a second ballot, due to his pledged delegates switching their vote to another candidate. But wouldn't they be scared to do so? [more inside]
Who are the Republicans who have said clearly and unequivocally that they will not be voting for Donald Trump? I am looking to compile the list of #nevertrump Republicans. If you can provide a link to a source (twitter post, article, interview, etc.), I would appreciate it, but if you know someone is Never Trump, I can find the source. Doesn't matter if they're voting Democrat, third party, or not voting.
When I look at the main Republican presidential candidates (or assumed candidates at this point), I can understand what each one gains from running, even knowing (for most of them anyway) that their chance of winning is very slim. But Rick Perry puzzles me... [more inside]
Per this blurb, there was serious gerrymandering in six Republican states vs. one Democratic state. Does the GOP benefit more from this practice because they engage in it more often? Or more effective when they engage in it? Are there some underlying institutional factors that tilt in their favor?
I'd like to learn more about how the Democratic and Republican parties function, concretely, at present. Specifically: how establishment forces (influential donors, party officials, incumbents) influence the rise of candidates (at any level), and how these candidates integrated into the parties activities. I'm particularly interested in the role of political consultants (in media, fundraising, messaging) - what dynamics are at play as they are hired by candidates, how do these consultants' careers develop, what pressures do they face from the establishment, and what role do they play in shaping the policy positions? [more inside]
I've looked high and low for a political cartoon that shows a boy asking his father "What is science?" The father replies "I don't know, son, we are Republicans." Can anybody steer me to a link to that cartoon? Thanks.
A very esoteric question - YoungConservativeFilter, if you will - but CNN obtained a very damning document from James O'Keefe for a 2010 documentary they did. How did they get it? And how did they confirm it was O'Keefe's? [more inside]
What is(are) the Republican/conservative/libertarian equivalent(s) of The West Wing ? [more inside]
I am looking for convincing arguments about why I should vote for a major party candidate for President of the United States. This isn't as direct a question as it sounds. [more inside]
To help Obama win, do I vote for Santorum or Gingrich? I'm an anarchist/socialist living in Alabama, where crossover voting is permitted. I'm looking for sound logic and effective strategy. [more inside]
I keep reading rumors of Ron Paul supporters sneaking their delegates into state conventions. How plausible is it that Ron Paul can get the nomination with this strategy? And if it can't get the nomination, what can he do with all the extra delegates?
When the media uses the phrase "GOP elite," to whom exactly are they referring? [more inside]
I'm looking for a realistic political novel that's not a spy thriller. [more inside]
Where did the "America is a republic, not a democracy" argument come from, and how much truth is there to it? [more inside]
Where can I buy a decent-sized replica of the flag of the Second Spanish Republic? (image links inside) [more inside]
Looking for Platforms/Positions, Campaign Summaries, Judicial Ratings & Tiny-Position Info to Help Me Cast my Cook County Ballot
I’m a resident of Chicago (Cook County, Illinois). I’m very much not a fan of politics, but that lack of enthusiasm doesn’t extend to not voting – I’d still like to make an educated choice when casting my ballot, but without re-engaging in the political blogosphere, etc.. So, could you help me do my due diligence by helping me find websites that would contain the three particular kinds of information you'll see me describe inside/after the break? [more inside]
Help me navigated the political differences between me and my spouse! [more inside]
What is this Tea Party thing I keep hearing so much about? [more inside]
Please explain the Republican Party to me. [more inside]
What responsibility does the Bush administration bear for the current financial crisis? [more inside]
What are the best -- in terms of compelling writing and in terms of comprehensiveness -- books about the "Troubles" between Ireland and the UK over the past 50 or so years? Bonus points if available on Kindle. [more inside]
Help! I desperately need to know what percentage of people in NYC are registered as democrats, republicans, and independent. Can anyone find the right link?! I can't find the information on NYC.gov but I have very little time, so I'm skimming. Thank you!
PoliSci filter: I was hoping that someone can rationally, without rhetoric, explain to me why the word "Socialism" creates fear and extreme responses in far right-wing people. Soem very detailed specifics within. [more inside]
Can a person be an evangelical Christian and still be a political liberal? This may sound like a simple question but I am open to any and all answers...I find my political views excepting a very few far right beliefs all fall far left....do I have my ducks in a row or do these two worlds necessarily conflict....and yes, I am voting for Obama.
I need to better understand the proposed tax systems. Mainly the fair tax or sales tax versus an income tax. I am writing a paper for school on the viewpoints of TTARA (The Texas Taxpayers and Research Ass.) and CTJ (citizens for tax justice) but cannot gain a clear idea of what each side is proposing. Obviously the republicans want the fair tax, and since TTARA is business minded, I assume they too seek the fair tax, or at least support it. But what is the Dem idea of fair taxation? Do they want an income tax? What is all this talk on CTJ about income tax cuts? I don’t have the patience to sift through all the material so I'm hoping someone can give me a basic idea of the differing positions on the matter. Mainly answer the question of who wants what and why, and who benefits most from each plan.... Also what about the working poor, do they benefit most from an income tax? Etc. Etc.
I'm thinking about voting in the Alabama primary. This is something I've never done before. I'm already registered as a voter. I didn't vote in the last election but I did vote in the two (presidential elections) before that. According to UAB's Kaleidescope, I should register by January 25th. Is this the same registration as the last time I registered (for the general elections)? Should I register again? Should I just show up at my voting location? I haven't moved or anything. [more inside]
Could you help me reach out to the predominantly Chinese elderly voters in my neighborhood? [more inside]
How do I register as a Republican and vote in the primary? [more inside]
How does one unregister to vote? [more inside]
Where can I find the most thorough indictment of the Bush administration and its activities to date?
In light of a recent mefi post, I'd like to ask a question I've been meaning to ask for a long time. Where can I find the most thorough indictment of the Bush administration and its activities to date? [more inside]
Political filter: Tell me the main differences between republicans, democrats, and liberals. I'm trying to find out where i fall into.
What are some good online forums to talk about/debate politics on?
Will the Dems take the Senate and/or the House on Tuesday? [more inside]
If a political canididate demonstrates that he or she is most definitely not cut out for the job but is running with the political party which you find most inoffensive, what if any options exist? [more inside]
Whatever happened to this? Seems like a huge story that has dropped completely off the radar. As well, as there a decent, fact-filled, not super-inflammatory, list of 'scandals' involving the current U.S. administration?
Is there a Republican ex-Senator named Edwards? He was quoted at the end of yesterday's CSPAN Radio's weekend edition Sunday about Porter Goss affair. [more inside]
Are there any funny right-wing comedians? [more inside]
Why do we only hear negative criticism of the US President? [more inside]
If I lived in a country (mentioning no names, because I'm not sure if it is treason...) that had an unelected head of state, and whos position was based on the family they were born into, how would I go about getting rid of them, in any way other than the obvious one? I'm thinking some kind of political campaign, etc.
Can anyone help compile links about Republican politicians, Republican organizations or military brass who are formally endorsing Kerry in '04? [more inside]